After a revolutionary first year, we are back with the 150 Hours Outside Project, kicking off for 2020!

When this idea officially became a project at the beginning of 2019, I had no idea it would grow to as grand of a scale as it did in just one year. In 2019, we saw:

  • Over 10,000 families join in
  • Representation from over 45 countries around the world
  • 1.5 million hours logged outside
  • Over 18,000 shares of #150hoursoutside on Instagram
  • Babies take their first steps in bare feet outside
  • Families reconnecting through the power of Mother Nature
  • Adults recognizing their power and strength and conquering amazing outdoor challenges
  • Trees planted, animals connected with, new places visited, goals accomplished and surpassed

Overall, more than I could have ever hoped for in just one year!

Now, I’m more excited than ever to welcome you into the 150 Hours Outside Project in this new year.

Are you ready to take the pledge and spend at least 150 hours outside with your family in 2020?

If you KNOW you’re ready and excited, here are some next steps you can take to make this journey even more amazing:

  1. Join the 150 Hours Outside Facebook Group for support, accountability, idea sharing, connection, and more.
  2. Click here to subscribe to the mailing list for weekly supportive emails, challenges, and ideas from yours truly.
  3. Grab a copy of the 150 Hours Outside Calendar for daily visual motivation and to support our cause.
  4. Get awesome outdoor ideas through the Your Natural Learner Forest School Programs! Want to get your hours logged in one super epic outing each week? The 12-week Forest School Programs that I’ve written (for both Cool and Warm Weather) are a great way to ensure that you’re getting the most out of your outdoor time. These are especially amazing for families or groups that feel they need additional support in spending quality time in nature. Now… Mother Nature doesn’t discriminate who gets to spend time enjoying her beauty and wonder, so I don’t want to do that either. If your family or school is on a fixed or low-income budget, I want to make sure that you have the option to utilize my Forest School resources for the children in your home, program, or community. So, I’m offering a pay-what-you-can option for both of my Forest School Curriculums. No discussion or documentation required – you decide what you can afford, and help spread my goal of getting more children outdoors and expanding their learning through nature. 
  5. Brainstorm a way to track your hours. That post has some good ideas, but feel free to be creative! 
  6. Share this post on your favorite social media platform to invite even more people to get outside and change their lives for the better!

Still curious about the project? Keep reading to learn more…

Why 150 Hours?

Initially, I received quite a lot of comments about how 150 hours isn’t enough time for children to be outside, and that we should be setting much higher goals. And I agree… ideally our children are spending several hours a day outdoors, learning, and exploring in nature.

But the reality is that the average family isn’t spending much time outside at all. In fact, research shows that the average child is spending only 4-7 minutes outside on a daily basis. Yes, you read that right – MINUTES.

I love seeing posts and challenges aimed at families or classrooms that are spending thousands of hours a year outside. It warms my heart. And if that’s a goal you feel your family can achieve, please reach for it!

But, my goal is to make a bigger impact… and to help ALL families and schools get their children outside more than they are right now. In order to do that, I chose to set an attainable goal for this project. 150 hours averages out to less than 30 minutes a day… this is something that every family can work on, even if it’s in collaboration with their child’s school or caregivers. Even if parents work full-time. Even if you live in the middle of a metropolis. Even if you’re buried in snow for half of the year.

150 hours a year, 12.5 hours a month, about 25 minutes a day…. it’s attainable and it has the power to completely change your life.

By setting a goal of spending at least 150 hours outside, *everyone* can participate. No one feels left out, no one feels like they can’t ever make it before they even start.

That’s why I came up with the #150hoursoutside Project. Because it’s removing barriers. It’s encouraging all families and schools around the world to get outside, make it happen, track it and have fun, and become closer with Mother Nature and those around them.

I’m encouraging every person who joins the #150hoursoutside Project to set a goal that challenges their family. If you’re already spending hundreds of hours outside, set a bigger goal! If you haven’t made time outside much of a priority until now, set your goal of 150 hours! Maybe you’ll reach that easily and set a bigger goal partway through the year.

To the great outdoors!